NORWALK, Conn. — A spokesman for Democratic mayoral candidate Harry Rilling released a statement late Wednesday about Rilling’s stance on the suit filed against the city by Al Madany Mosque.
The statement came in response to a growing number of people demanding to know whether Rilling, if he is elected, would end the city’s fight against the suit and allow the mosque to be built.
“Even though he never voted to approve the Mosque’s application, given the situation now facing the city, Harry, if elected, would follow the court proceedings carefully but let the lawsuit take its course,” said the statement released by spokesman Kevin Coughlin.
Coughlin’s statement pushed back against detractors who claim Rilling is a supporter of the mosque proposed for Fillow Street in West Norwalk.
Coughlin said that, despite misstatements by others, “Harry Rilling has not had anything to do with the mosque approval. He was not on the Zoning Commission when the mosque was voted on.
“As mayor, Harry will work with both sides when zoning issues like this arise so that issues don’t have to go to federal court where Norwalk’s taxpayers have to pay thousands of dollars to high-priced attorneys and leave the city liable to be sued for millions of dollars,” the statement said. “Harry will be a mayor that shows leadership in issues like this so that stakeholders will be brought together and solutions can be found that satisfy both parties.”
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